Funeral services for Erwin E. Werbelow were held April 7 at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. Erwin, 97, lifetime resident of Emblem, died April 4 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell with his loved ones by his side.
He was born July 6, 1914, at Emblem, the son of Emil and Elizabeth Menzel Werbelow. His father died when Erwin was 9, and Erwin helped his brothers farm to support the family. They farmed with horses until 1938.
Erwin finished Emblem Elementary School. He joined the National Guard in 1940 and was inducted into the U.S. Army a few months later. He served with Calvary Troop A and later went to radio school and was part of Signal Corp. Company A. He was honorably discharged as a T3 in 1945.
Erwin farmed in Emblem until he retired. He enjoyed garden and yard work, worked with wood, played games, did word puzzles and trained his dog. He loved his 87 nieces and nephews and they loved him back. In the earlier years when his nieces and nephews came to visit he gave them tractor rides, picked raspberries with them and let them drive his Jeep while sitting on his lap.
Erwin was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church. Erwin was a true gentleman, and will be greatly missed.
His parents, his brothers Paul and Harry and his sister Ella Eby preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sister, Esther Cover.
Burial was in the Emblem Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Marion Tanner Post 29.
Memorials are being received at Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to Zion Lutheran Church.